See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us
"This year we put the Bow and Stern Thrusters from Sideshift on our boat. It's amazing how many times people will ask me how we docked so nicely, and I get to show them the bow and stern thrusters, and how easy it is. Before I found Sideshift, I had priced out getting a bow thruster installed through the hull, and I had quotes from $18,000-$25,000 – just for the bow thruster! The biggest thing is, it gives you confidence when you are docking the boat or in tight maneuvers – knowing without doubt you can get through there and move the boat wherever you'd like. I would recommend the Sideshift solution to anyone who has ever had a tough time docking or a stressful experience with boating – boating is supposed to be about having fun, and Sideshift makes that happen!"
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"We have the retractable thrusters mounted at the bow and the stern. Our boat is long, without the side thrusters we would have a hard time maneuvering in the narrow canal. We use the thrusters to keep us positioned if we need to stop, to dock the boat, or to turn the boat around. When the side thrusters are on the passengers don't even know we're using them, and they don't use much power. Without them it would make my job pretty difficult! ."
Captain Adam, Rideau Canal Cruises
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"I have a Bow and a Stern Sideshift Thruster. When we moved up to the 32' Carver with the Flybridge, it was intimidating. It's wider, it's longer, not as easy to see off, and any breeze at all and you are a kite. Having the thrusters on this boat has enabled us to go out whereas, before we had the thrusters on, there were days we wouldn't go out because of the conditions. It's very nice to be able to catch the bow when the wind comes up, especially if I am backing in to a slip. I haven't noticed any difference in performance at slow or high speeds. Tight slips, wind, docking on the wrong side, whatever – it just takes all the stress out of my boating. There won't be another boat I'll own without Sideshift Thrusters on it."
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Thruster is awesome! No more stress docking in the wind or manouevering at the locks! We used to be afraid to leave the dock on windy days, NOT ANY MORE! We get way more use out of our 42 foot cruiser!"
Oshawa, ON, Canada
"Works fantastic. As you would imagine, coming into a slip with two feet on one side and one foot on the other with a 58 ft houseboat in a crosswind can be a bit challenging! I used to sweat a lot bringing it in, but not anymore. I know, even in wind, I can do it with little problems. What a huge difference these make! Should be standard on every houseboat."
New Palestine, IN, USA
"Very pleased with the entire process. The customer service department was very professional and very knowledgeable on the product and helped with the installation process involved to make sure that everything is working fine. The thruster on my premier 290 Tri Tune pontoon works great in maneuvering into our slip and also maneuvering into the fuel pump area. It does everything and then some in the day-to-day operation of our pontoon. I would highly recommend this product"
Bargersville, IN, USA
"The thruster works beyond my expectations"
Maple, ON, CAN
"Great service - self installation went very well. Fantastic. A wife saver! Pre-thruster she was very nervous - now she mans the stern position when locking or docking and I manage the bow with the thruster. Using bow thruster in concert with two drives allow boat to move virtually sideways."
Metcalfe, ON, CAN
"I am very pleased with the performance of my thruster (stern). My boat is not huge, a 32' Nordic Tug but it is quite heavy at 16,000 pounds. Prior to the thruster installation, I had a very hard time getting the stern in place and several dockings created tension and stress. It's made all the difference in the world and has made boating twice as enjoyable as it was without my Sideshift. I'd encourage anybody that's having difficulty in around the docks to try a Sideshift Thruster. You simply can't find anything else at that low a price that is that easy to install and use and you'll be so pleasantly surprised by the performance that you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner."
Deroche, BC, CAN
"Perfect. Fast delivery, easy installation. Many ask: what’s that on your boat? We answer “Sideshift Thruster, works great.”"
Blainville, QC, CAN
"We installed the thruster ourselves. Working very well. Helping a lot mainly in the locks. Many boaters come to see my boat thurster and are asking a lot of questions about it. Believe me, I always told them that I was a very satisfied customer and that your product is impressive."
Coteau-du-Lac, QC, CAN
"Absolutely satisfied with my stern and bow thrusters!! Definitely makes you dock like a pro and gets rid of the stress!"
Les Cèdres, QC, CAN
"Excellent. Fabulous working - And especially with the remote controller, docking is a comfortable 1 person operation. It has allowed stressless docking in a tight Marina."
Artarmon, NSW, Australia
"Installation was easy given how complicated it is to install a traditional thruster. I have a 27 foot express cruiser with just a single engine. I boat on the San Francisco bay, where the winds rarely dip below 10 knots, and docking takes place on variety of crowded guest docks not to mention my own tandem slip. Without the thruster, this would all be nearly impossible. In many situations I just wouldn't be able to dock at all. The sideshift gives me peace of mind and also comes in handy in a variety of non-docking maneuvers."
Emeryville, CA, USA
"Love it, stress free docking. It’s the first thing I ordered after installing one on our last boat"
Courtice, ON, CAN
"Good. It’s nice to know that you have them there in case you get into trouble"
Coquitlam, BC, CAN
"My wife wanted to sell the boat because of the lack of maneuverability. We bought bow and stern thrusters and now love the boat."
Ottawa, ON, CAN
"Awesome, could NOT dock without it. Very crucial as I dock in high current/wind situation with tight turns! Also makes the locking process easier.."
Ottawa, ON, CAN
"I have had mine for almost three years and it works flawlessly. I just purchased a 42' boat and will be installing another side shift"